Letter from Ernest L. Haselim to Peter Whitacker, July 23, 1826


Description
Creators:
Haselim, Ernest L., Author
Whitacker, Peter
, Recipient
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Correspondence
Description:
Handwritten letter from Ernest L. Haselim to Peter Whitacker on July 23, 1826. The letter introduces Herman Hayunga who had just recently finished studying Theology at Hartwick Seminary. Haselim recommends that Hayunga become a minister for the Lutheran congregation in Williamsburg because Senderling was not willing to leave his present congregation.
Notes:
Small tear on the edge of the first page from the wax seal. The red wax seal is still attached to the letter.

The bares a watermark with a fleur-de-lis and the date 1823. The paper also has chain lines which are 2.5cm apart.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverside Heights, Ontario is a member of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. It began in the late 1700s as a congregation of settlers in Williamsburg Township, Upper Canada. In 1789 a church building was erected on the Center Commons Lot in the first Concession of Williamsburg Township. The church was originally named Zion Lutheran Church, but the name was quickly changed to St. George’s Church. The first pastor was Reverend Samuel Schwerdtfeger.

In 1814, St. George’s Church was taken over by the Church of England under the direction of Rev. John Gunther Weagant, a previous pastor of the Lutheran Church. The Lutherans were barred from St. George’s Church and were forced to hold services in the homes of congregation members. In 1826, Rev. Herman Hayunga accepted the call as pastor to the Lutherans in Williamsburg Township. He quickly formed two congregations in the area – St. John’s Church in Riverside, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg.

For several years Hayunga petitioned the government to deed St. George’s Church to the Lutheran congregation. When the government denied his request Hayunga demanded that the congregation receive financial compensation for the loss of property. In 1846 the government granted the Lutheran church the sum of 500 Canadian pounds.

In 1833 the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John was consecrated by Rev. Hayunga. The new wooden frame building stood on a lot donated by church member Conrad Frymire. In 1863 a larger, brick church was built on the same lot. In 1956 the St. Lawrence Seaway Project forced the relocation of the Church. On December 7, 1958, the new St. John’s Lutheran Church was completed at Riverside Heights.

Transcribed by Shelby Campbell in 2015.
Date of Original:
July 23, 1826
Dimensions:
Width: 39 cm
Height: 25.5 cm
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Local identifier:
S2020_2.5
Collection:
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Riverside Heights ON fonds
Language of Item:
English
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Full Text

[page 1]

Mr Peter Whitacker

Williamsburgh

Dundas County

Upper Canada

by Mr Herm. Hayunga

Letters

of Messrs

Geortner and of

Senderling and of

Dr Harelius to

Peter Witteker

in regard to the Settlement

of a Pastor in Willbg

up to 1826

[page 2]

Hartwick Seminary Jul 23d 1826

Mr Peter Whitacker

Dear Sir,

The bearer of this line is Mr Hayunga who has just finished his theological studies in the Seminary entrusted to my charge, who intends to present himself to the Synod at our next meeting Sept 3d at Cobleskill in the county of Schoharie to receive license to perform all ministerial arts. You had intended to call the Revd Mr Jacob Senderling; but his present congregation are not willing to part with him, & being born in the States [strikeout: he] feels an inclination to stay & thinks that he could not be happy under any other government. He writes me, that your congregation had paid him a sum of money to aid him in his travelling expenses which he will send back by Mr Hayunga when he shall see him at the Synod. He would undoubtedly have done it now were the distance not the [illegible] confidenable & the time so short. I can recommend Mr Hayunga to your congregation as a young man with whom I am well acquainted, he having studied with me for 4 1/2 years; & has been tutor in the Seminary for the last year. I trust you will find him a pious & zealous minister of the gospel, who is willing to do all in his power to raise your congregation to respectability, with the blessing of divine Providence; & I think, that in many respects he will suit you better than Mr Senderling, particularly because Mr Hayunga understands both the German & the English languages.

[page 3]

However I hope, that you will not insist on his preaching [strikeout: too] very frequently in the German language, in as much as that would retard the growth of your congregation. I shall be glad to receive by Mr Hayunga [illegible] a line from you my dear Sir; Mr Goertner has informed me of your readiness to assist in the building up of our Lutheran church in your part, & I can assure you, that it is the wish of my heart also, to see the church flourish every where. If God spares my life I am resolved to come & see you next year in the fall to see, whether there are yet other settlements of our people unprovided with the Gospel. This fall I shall visit another portion of Canada on the South west boarder of Lake Ontario, where I found last year considerable numbers of our people. May God direct you in your proceedings & bless your endeavours to aid in building up the Redeemer Kingdom in the sincere prayer of your humble servant & friend

Ernest L. Haselim.

P.S. You may show this letter to the [illegible] of your church - with my respects to them -

H.

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Letter from Ernest L. Haselim to Peter Whitacker, July 23, 1826


Handwritten letter from Ernest L. Haselim to Peter Whitacker on July 23, 1826. The letter introduces Herman Hayunga who had just recently finished studying Theology at Hartwick Seminary. Haselim recommends that Hayunga become a minister for the Lutheran congregation in Williamsburg because Senderling was not willing to leave his present congregation.